Posted: Mon 16th Nov 2020

First patients have been admitted to Deeside Leisure Centre’s Rainbow Hospital

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Nov 16th, 2020

Deeside Rainbow Hospital, that was built to boost capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic, has received its first patients. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A small number of patients, who are coming to the end of their treatment for COVID-19, arrived at the hospital last week. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Arfon Hardy, from Mold, was the first patient to be admitted to the temporary hospital after spending just over a month receiving care at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, after being diagnosed with the virus. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The 55-year-old said: “I was admitted to the Maelor just over a month ago with an infection, I was tested on arrival for COVID-19 and it came back positive. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I had no idea I had the virus, I didn’t have any symptoms, so I was very surprised. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Unfortunately, I was also diagnosed with Sepsis so I became extremely unwell and the virus made everything a lot worse. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Luckily, after three and a half weeks I started to feel a lot better and that was down to the amazing staff at the Maelor who cared for me, I can’t thank them enough.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


Arfon, who is awaiting a care package to return home, said he received a warm welcome from the staff at Deeside Rainbow Hospital. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“When I was told I would be moving to the temporary hospital, I wasn’t sure what to expect. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“As I arrived all the staff were outside clapping to welcome me, it was really lovely and I felt really special. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The place is incredible, it is so clean and the staff are brilliant. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“I’m receiving such fantastic care and working with the physio each day who is getting me stronger, so hopefully I will be able to go home soon,” he added. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


Currently, there are up to 30 beds at the hospital for patients across North Wales who are recovering from COVID-19 and who need ongoing care. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Ward manager, Jess Booker, who has been redeployed from Holywell Community Hospital, says working at the temporary hospital is an excellent opportunity for staff to gain new skills. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

She said: “We are really excited to accept our first patients here at Deeside Rainbow Hospital. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“The focus is going to be on rehabilitation, and we have a multidisciplinary team that includes physios and dieticians that will help our patients get back on their feet so they are able to go home. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Personally, this is a great opportunity for the nursing staff as we are able to enhance our clinical skills, but most of all it’s going to be great for our patients.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Acting Secondary Care Nursing Director for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Mandy Jones, said: “We’ve all been working hard over the last couple of months to make sure we had the preparations in place to accept our first patients. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Staff have gone above and beyond in their roles to make sure this happened so that the patients are able to receive the care that they need. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank all partners who have worked with us for their support in securing this additional ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

capacity in an excellent facility.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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